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Destro #1 Review: “Having A Blast With This”

Destro #1 review

Read our review of Destro #1 from Image Comics and Skybound, written by Dan Watters with art by Andrei Bressan.

We reviewed the book on the Stack podcast. But in the interest of highlighting more about the title, here’s a summary of the conversation with our thoughts. And if you prefer the longer audio version, that’s below as well!

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Destro #1 Review:

Picking up after the end of the Cobra Commander miniseries, Destro has control of an army of robotic BATS, and is using this new power to take over a small country.

Host Pete LePage was geeking out about the nostalgia of the book, from BATS to the Crimson Guards, to Tomax and Xamot. “I’m too in deep with GI Joe not to be having a blast with this,” LePage said. ” But this was really awesome. And it seems like we’re setting up a classic Cobra Commander versus Destro thing. I mean, that’s one of the problems because a lot of people are like, ‘Why doesn’t Cobra win they always have the better stuff, the better equipment, all the advantages, but it’s the infighting that always takes them down?”

Though Alex Zalben was the opposite — a relative GI Joe neophyte — he noted, “Dan Watters is doing a good job of building up some mythology around Destro, which I thought was interesting in terms of his family and his history… As somebody who looks at [Cobra Commander and Destro], they’re two guys with silver masks on this Cobra team… Finding differences for them is very helpful for me as a relatively new reader. And Andrei Bressan, just love his art from all the stuff that he’s done with Joshua Williamson. The characterizations and the battle scenes are really great here.”

Destro #1 Official Synopsis:

James McCullen Destro XXIV is the man behind M.A.R.S. Industries, the undisputed leader in providing high-tech weapons to world powers…for the right price. But the emergence of Energon has changed everything. As Destro’s ambitions grow, the “Crimson Twins” Tomax and Xamot Paoli emerge to destroy their competition, and Cobra Commander realizes his current ally could be his future greatest enemy.

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